Several works of art by Indian modernists, including VS Gaitonde and Tyeb Mehta, will go under the hammer for the first time at AstaGuru’s upcoming Indian modern art sale, the auction house announced.
Scheduled to take place online March 30-31, the auction will feature a carefully selected set of 30 masterpieces.
“The catalog offers a unique opportunity for serious collectors to acquire works that appear on the auction market for the first time, as their current owners acquired them directly from the artists themselves or from galleries,” Astaguru said in a statement.
Highlights of the sale include two monumental oil paintings on canvas by Gaitonde from 1970 and 1971.
Estimated at Rs 12-15 crore, the 1970 painting takes a “minimalist approach with a largely subtle nuance with abstract shapes painted in deep blacks that seem to float on the canvas and break up the monochromatic composition of the painting.”
The second work (1971) with an estimate of Rs 13-16 crore, noted Asta Guru, shows the artist’s control over the medium and his mastery over the canvas to achieve a lively creation of earthy hues with bright spots of orange seeking to break . across its surface.
Both works come from a very significant period in the artist’s career in which he was considered in his most productive and experimental phase, during which his style shifted completely towards abstraction.
AstaGuru aims to offer the best works of art at our biannual Modern Indian Art auctions, and this time around is no exception.
Most of the works in this auction have been in important collections for decades and it is an absolute pleasure to introduce them to the auction market for the first time.
“With masterpieces by renowned artists such as Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta and Husain, to works of art from the limited work of Hemendranath Mazumdar, Rabindranath and Gaganendranath Tagore, this catalog has been painstakingly put together for seasoned buyers looking to add unique works to their collections. . These works of art are stellar and we hope art lovers will delight in them as much as we enjoy curating them, ”said Tushar Sethi, CEO of AstaGuru.
Another work to look out for in the sale is an untitled 1981 masterpiece by Mehta that features a human figure, a fundamental part of the artist’s vocabulary.
“The painting is a very significant piece of the artist’s oeuvre and acts as a transitional piece and a precursor to his later explorations with the themes of the rickshaw shooter that became a major theme of his work,” AstaGuru said. The painting is estimated at Rs 12-16 crore.
Also making its auction debut is an early work by MF Husain titled Blue ganges (1966), inspired by his time in Benaras.
Estimated at Rs 1.5-1.8 crore, the work is one of the few rare compositions the artist executed on wood.
In this work, the artist captures the mystics of the ghat and the people who participate in the ritual of bathing in the sacred river.
“The dense feel of the ghats and their unique geological terrain is effectively established. The figures in the picture frame have a sense of momentum and are well defined in Husain’s distinctive style, ”said AstaGuru.
Another key lot in the sale is an extremely rare work titled Aaj Ka Insaan by India’s leading modernists, KH Ara, from the personal collection of his daughter Ruxana Pathan. Ara, who was predominantly concerned with the nude form and still life genre, deviates towards an extremely heavy focus on the featured lot.
Composed on a tenuous background, the paucity of elements in the painting forms a poetic juxtaposition, apparently ironic in correlation with the adopted subject, the being of the relationship between a human being and the materialistic world that always encompasses him.
The artist deals with superficiality and thus allocates a greater degree of space to the shadow of the human figure, while recording the real form of the protagonist in a minute proportion, the auction house said.
This extremely rare piece of the artist’s work will be offered at auction for the first time at Rs 50 – 60 lakhs.
Other featured artists include Akbar Padamsee, Manjit Bawa, Jogen Chowdhury and Jagdish Swaminathan, Anjolie Ela Menon, Krishen Khanna, and Bikash Bhattacharjee.